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Broadband donations total millions for relief agencies

Wed, 09/12/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

In the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, an ever-increasing number of broadband companies are stepping up with donations and commitments — some under extremely tough circumstances. A few thus far:

Corning Inc.'s Corning Foundation will donate $100,000 to the September 11 fund established by United Way and The New York Community Trust. The fund supplies immediate support to established emergency assistance agencies in the affected cities.

Corning also will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross, and will match dollar-for-dollar donations to the Red Cross by employees and retirees.

Cisco Systems Inc. reportedly donated $4 million to $6 million to relief efforts. A company spokesman could not be reached by CEDaily deadline.

Applied Materials Inc. will donate $250,000 to relief efforts and will match up to $750,000 in employee donations. The information infrastructure provider also mobilized a blood donation program for its employees in North America.

Applied Materials also announced Alona Avraham, a manufacturing engineering associate at the company, was on board United Airlines Flight 175. The flight left Boston and flew into the World Trade Center.

The AT&T Foundation will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C. It also will match up to $300,000 in employee donations, donate $10 million in pre-paid long-distance calling cards for relief workers and provide free long-distance service from payphones in the affected areas of New York City during the emergency.

AT&T says it also will allow free e-mail and Internet access through Friday at its public phone 2000i units at airports.

Finally, the split-off AT&T Wireless donated 2,000 cellphones with unlimited service for government agencies and relief workers.

MCSi Inc. is offering the use of its videoconferencing rooms for free via PictureTel's Video Relief Program. The goal is to help connect families or help businesses start a rebuilding process via videoconferencing. Call Terry Carr at (800) 875-5211 or see MCSi's site at www.mcsinet.com to use the conference room.

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